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This map shows the areas where the broadband Internet fibers will be installed as part of the state-funded Lyon Mountain Broadband project. Slic Network Solutions will be finished with the engineering phase by the end of the year and construction is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2014. Household installation should be available by June 1, 2012, according to Nicholville Telephone Company, the parent company of Slic Network Solutions, which operates out of Nicholville in St. Lawrence County. (Image Provided)

Lyon Mountain broadband project in planning stages

By: FELICIA KRIEG

LYON MOUNTAIN — Residents of Lyon Mountain and Chateaugay Lake are expected to have access to high-speed Internet by next summer.

The Lyon Mountain Broadband project was approved by the state in March. Nicholville Telephone Co., based in Nicholville in St. Lawrence County, won the contract from New York state to begin work on the project.

The fiber wireless project is in the “engineering phase,” which will be complete in December, with construction set to begin in the first quarter of 2014, said Joe Hockey, Nicholville Telephone engineering manager.

Residential Internet installation should be available by June 1, 2014, he said.

Once complete, the network will provide broadband Internet access to 476 households in Lyon Mountain and Chateaugay Lake, with coverage ending in Standish, he said.

‘PEOPLE EXCITED’

Nicholville Telephone is the parent company of Slic Network Solutions in Potsdam, whose president, Phil Wagschal, met in late August with Dannemora Town Supervisor Americo “Ves” Pivetta.

“He said everything’s on schedule,” Pivetta told the Press-Republican.

Residents have expressed their support of the project, he added.

“People are kind of excited.”

STATE GRANT

Nicholville Telephone CEO Mark Dzwonczyk said that after the company completes construction on the project, Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic-development agency, will reimburse it with the grant money it was awarded.

The state is contributing $976,000, which is 80 percent of the funds needed to complete the project, Dzwonczyk said.

Nicholville Telephone is providing the other 20 percent.

The high-speed Internet access could attract businesses to the area, Pivetta said, since new business owners could quickly hook up to the system once it’s complete.

“I think people are going to like it because the broadband affects a lot of businesses.”

The coverage will be only for select areas, Hockey said.

“The backbone cable that feeds these townships is coming out of the Malone.”

COVERAGE AREA

The Lyon Mountain Broadband project will start on County Route 24 in Belmont and continue east to Brainardsville, covering parts of Lake Street and Davis Road.

High-speed Internet will also be available on Reynolds Road, Blow Road and Forge Road in Brainardsville.

From there, the fiber route will continue southeast on Route 374 around Shutts Road and Blanche Road into Merrill and down Sunset Road to wrap around Upper Chateaugay Lake and Boomhower Road.

Broadband will also be available in Lyon Mountain on Firehouse Lane, School Hill Street, Power House Road, Pete’s Street, West Mine Street, First Street, Second Street and Third Street.

Then the cable will continue south on County Route 1 to parts of Depot Street, Middle Street and Wolf Pond Road in Standish, where the coverage ends.

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

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